Modern Outhouse

A wooden dining chair is converted into outhouse seat.

| Good Old Days

About a month ago we began tearing our old house down to build a new one. We had to have an outhouse. We dug the hole one afternoon. My husband and a friend were going to work on it while I went shopping for groceries.

When I returned an hour later they had it built! What a house! It was framed of 2 x 4s with paneling for walls on three sides, no door at all. But the seat was the laughing matter. They had cut a hole in a wooden dining chair and placed it over the hole.

It works, but I laugh every time I use it. Oh yes, a sheet of metal for a roof.

Shirley Duchett
Mill Spring, Missouri

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 

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